Thursday, September 8, 2011
Byers falls in OT to Seminoles
By BARRY BURLESON
H.W. Byers, playing its first district game since reviving football at the school in 2008, almost stunned tradition-rich Smithville Friday night.
The Lions let a 22-8, fourth-quarter lead slip away. The Seminoles escaped with a 30-22 overtime victory.
“We thought we had them put away,” coach James Kimbrough said, “but they have tradition and they did not quit. We out-played them, I think, but we still have to beat them.
“My guys came out ready to fight. They wanted to win that first division game in school history. It’s a tough loss but I’m very proud of my team.”
The Lions actually built their 22-8 lead in the first half.
They went up 8-0 in the first quarter, thanks to Dominic Jones’ 3-yard touchdown run and his carry for the two-point conversion.
After the Seminoles scored, Marquis Moore traveled 25 yards for another H.W. Byers touchdown. A try-for-two was stopped short.
Quantario Stigger completed the Lions’ scoring just before intermission. He picked up a fumble following a sack of the Smithville quarterback and ran it back 50 yards for six points. Jones added the two-point conversion.
The Seminoles got a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, one just before the end of regulation on a fourth-and-five play. A missed extra point sent the game to OT.
In the extra period, Smithville got the ball first and scored the touchdown and two-point conversion on option plays.
On the home team’s try, Byers fumbled going into the end zone and the Seminoles recovered.
“They stripped the ball from behind,” Coach Kimbrough said.
The Lions are 0-3 with an open week ahead.
“I saw major improvements in our team,” he said. “We almost put together a complete game, except for the fourth quarter.
“I have 20 kids and some are banged up. It’s iron-man football for us and we’re gutting it out. I like this 20, and they will not quit on me.”
Anthony Rubin, named the game’s most valuable player for H.W. Byers, got his first start of the season at quarterback. He was four of six passing for 96 yards, and the two incompletions were drops, Kimbrough said.
“He’s a sophomore, but he played like a senior,” the coach said. “He stood in the pocket versus the pass rush and had an excellent game. And he had a good night running the football, too.”
H.W. Byers’ next game is Thursday, Sept. 15, at Okolona versus Houlka. It will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
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